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2008년부터 그린캔바스주최로 매년 여름 열리는 녹색여름전에 올해도 참가합니다.
호주 여행의 결과물을The story of wire로 묶어내었습니다.

7월 25일(금), 27일(일) 오후 4시에는 전시장에서 철사로 새 만들기' 워크숍을 진행합니다.


2014 녹색여름전
2014.7.17(목) - 7.29(화), 오전 10시~오후 6시
서울숲 커뮤니티센터 갤러리 Seoulforest Community Center Gallery
월요일 휴관, 입장료 없음
주최: 그린캔바스
주관: 서울특별시, 서울그린트러스트


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The story of the wire

철사아티스트 좋아은경 2014. 7. 14. 22:47


The story of the wire
좋아은경, 2014


2014년 봄, 호주의 한 초등학교에서 '철사로 새 만들기' 워크샵(→)을 열게되었고, 재료로 쓰일 철사가 필요했다.
수소문 끝에 이웃집 창고에서 초록선과 빨간선이 꼬여진 아주 오래된 전화선을 구하게 되었다.
호주의 아이들에게 레이첼 카슨을 소개할 수 있게 도움을 준 철사는 200여개의 책갈피가 되었다. 철사는 어디에나 있다.

Wires are everywhere. This old telephone wire was found in a neighbor's shed in Australia. It was used as a material to make bird shapes at my workshops in a primary school(→). I made about 200 bookmarks from the left over.





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a wire bird magic wand for a friend @Australia 호주

철사아티스트 좋아은경 2014. 5. 29. 16:31


hocus pocus!

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언제 어디서나 whenever wherever workshop!

이비는 새 만들기에 푹 빠졌네요.
지난번 블레어 초등학교 워크숍에서 쓰고 남은 랜 케이블로 리틀 킹 피셔를 만들었습니다.
바로 다음 새를 고릅니다.




롱노우즈 플라이어도 제법 잘 다룹니다.









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레이첼 카슨 생일을 즈음하여, 호주 애들레이드힐의 블레어 초등학교에 초대받았습니다. 두 반 25명의 친구들을 만나 철사로 새 만들기 워크숍을 진행했습니다. (관련 링크 호주 멜로즈 초등학교 워크숍)



Hello! I am Yoa, a wire sculpture artist from South Korea. I do wire art, I exhibit, show my works at galleries and do my wire workshops.
Today, we're going to make wire birds together. Before, I will explain how I got involved in wire art although I had no art, design education.

Let's take a look at a calendar. What do we do with old calendars? Throw them away or recycle? In my country, we commonly have recycling bins for paper, plastic, metal and glass, etc. So when we recycle calendars, we need to separate the metal spiral-bindings from papers. It's a bit bothersome but I did it every year.




One day, I visualized the round portion of spiral-binding as the leg of a bird that grasped branch, sitting. I immediately started to disassemble the calendar but left the last portion this time, straight rest of winding wire, made a bird shape that's sitting on a branch.

I made several more, titled them 'Silent Spring' from the same title of a lady called Rachel Carson's book. Have you ever heard of her?

Rachel Carson was an American marine biologist and author of 'Silent Spring' which published on 1962, recently celebrated 50th anniversary. It's all about caring for the environment as you are learning to do.

Silent Spring's famous opening chapter "a fable of tomorrow" is about a harmonious town polluted where no bird sang. The book warned about the indiscriminate use of pesticides, toxic chemicals destroy the delicate balance of nature. She alarmed the people and influenced the global movement on environment.

She greatly influenced me, too. Hoping my works make people think of her message, I've been working on it.
In 2013, My first solo exhibition 'Silent Spring; Letter to Rachel Carson' dedicated to her.




All the materials I used for my works are abandoned wires. Like twist-ties for wrapping gifts, foods and spiral-binding for calendars, notebooks, etc. So far, I still don't need to buy new materials. How many things are just become 'waste' so easily! Some people told me how it's a clever idea and I am lucky that there's so much dumped wire.

However, every time I hear that I feel like I want to cry! I rather there's no more waste so that I am having trouble to finding it.

Many people use metal things just one time and then throw them away when they are done. Often, we use them even without knowing that it passes through our hand. But the use of metals is more important than that. Of course not only metal, but also paper, plastic, wood, all other resources. If we design and plan well from the start, we can save lots of things. I believe it's possible to making essentially waste free.




Like the greencanvas calendar by Hoseob Yoon. It's a Green Design example, designed to reduce material, energy, process and to recycle with ease.

Can you spot the differences?
There's no Sundays and holidays, only black color printed, cut cover page size by one-third and... Yes! No spiral-binding! By eliminating binding the users should clip the papers of calendar every month. I am very glad that a lot of people willing to endure small inconvenience for sustainable living.

Let's make the wire bird!





First, choose a bird you'd like to make out of wire. Take a good look at the bird very closely. How does the bird look?
Drawing birds will help us have a closer look at the bird. Draw outline of it over and over again, as small as possible, more than 5 times.








You can start make your own wire bird if the shape of the bird is familiar enough. There is no particular way, using your drawing may help. If you need a hand just let me know.












Everyone did great job!

Did you know that we made birds using left over wires? It's LAN(Local Area Network) cable for internet, I found them in a neighbor's shed.

I hope you find the joy of making(as living) today. Moreover, I hope my workshop helped you to think about different ways of seeing things surrounding us and eventually about the earth.

Lastly, Here's a short quote from Rachel Carson that I want to share with you.
"In nature nothing exists alone."

Thank you!






Meet Rachel Carson + Make Little bird
Workshop on Wire Sculpture

Shape a wire bird using recycled material and share philosophy of Rachel Carson.
The workshop is designed to promote the reusing of materials minimise the amount of waste, raise awareness about environmental issues and increase appreciation of sustainable living.

Duration flexible, 50 - 90 minutes
Minimum age five
Max. number of participants 15

The workshop is open to anyone. No specific background is required.
For more information: yoayoa@gmail.com




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B's place @Australia 호주

철사아티스트 좋아은경 2014. 5. 27. 17:02

뒷마당에 가지런히 걸려있는 형형색색의 옷걸이들



녹슬고 고장난 옷걸이를 골라내 새를 만들어 선물했다.



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멜로즈 초등학교 뉴스레터 @Australia 호주

철사아티스트 좋아은경 2014. 5. 22. 07:41

얼마 전 워크숍을 진행했던 호주 멜로즈 초등학교의 뉴스레터에 자세한 내용이 소개되었습니다. 일부 아래에 옮깁니다.

"...Yoa showed the children how recycled wire can be used to make art work. In her lesson she demonstrated how to make a bird using wire. Fist the children had to draw their bird on paper. Then they used the wire to bend it to shape their bird. All children were engaged and really showed their creativity and imagination, which was great to see. The class and I really enjoyed learning a new art skill."
Mr.Aistrope and class

"좋아는 학생들에게 버려진 철사를 예술 작품에 사용할 수 있음을 보여주었다. 그는 철사로 새를 만드는 법을 알려주었는데, 먼저 아이들은 자신의 새를 종이 위에 그린 뒤 철사를 구부려 새의 모양을 잡는다. 아이들 모두 열성적으로 임했으며 자신의 창의력과 상상력을 보여주었다. 학급 모두와 나는 새로운 재주를 즐겁게 익혔다."
담임 Mr.Aistrope과 학생들




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wire tyrannosaurus for a little friend @Australia 호주

철사아티스트 좋아은경 2014. 5. 22. 07:40

한가로운 오후, 새가 앉아있는 책갈피를 만들고 있는데 동네 꼬마 쏠이 놀러왔습니다.
며칠 전 니콜라스가 새 만들기에 집중하느랴 놓고 간 티라노사우스 장난감을 만지작거리길래 철사로 만들어주었어요.
마음에 드는 모양이에요.

입에 넣고 얌얌 먹는 시늉을 하길래 옷핀으로 달아주었습니다.
또 놀러오세요.






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멜로즈 초등학교 워크숍에서 사용하고 남은 케이블 와이어로 새가 앉아있는 책갈피를 만들고 있는데 동네 꼬마 니콜라스가 하교 후 공룡 장난감을 들고 찾아왔습니다. 주저없이 공룡을 내려놓고는 새를 만들겠다고 합니다.
지난번 워크숍 때는 곧잘 그리더니 오늘은 도저히 그림을 못그리겠다며 새 사진에 바로 대고 만듭니다. 요령이 생긴 모양.

잃어버리지 말고 방에 잘 두라고 받침대를 만들어 연결해주고 종이테이프를 붙여 날짜와 사인도 넣었습니다.
니콜라스가 적으려던 것은 Nicholas 20 April 2014.


언제 어디서나 whenever wherever workshop!


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Today, I did my second workshop in Australia at a primary school with 12 UP class students today. I also did it with 15 young children yesterday.

I explained about my wire work and Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring' using presentation slides. After that I gave bird guide books and paper, the children drew outline of birds to make wire birds. They made wire birds based on their own drawing. Everyone were so engaged and concentrated all the time, so all the children could make beautiful, unique wire birds.

I am really glad that all the children opened up to me and shared some great moments. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet your wonderful kids!


전교생이 서른 명이 안되는 남호주의 작은 초등학교에서 철사로 새 만들기 워크숍을 두 번에 걸쳐 진행했습니다.
워크숍에 적당한 케이블 와이어나 철사를 찾기 어렵지 않을까 잠깐 걱정했는데, 워크숍 일정이 잡히고 바로 그날 저녁, 이웃집 창고에서 이제는 더이상 사용하지 않는 오래된 전화선이 나왔습니다.

첫 날, 저학년생 15명을 만났습니다.
아이들에게 매우 생소한 나라인 한국에 대해 간단히 이야기를 나누고, 준비해 간 슬라이드를 통해 와이어 아티스트로서의 제 작업과 레이첼 카슨의 침묵의 봄을 소개하였습니다.
















다음 날, 고학년 교실에서 12명의 친구들을 만나 새가 앉아있는 책갈피를 만들었습니다.